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November 29, 2003 - Issue 101


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This Date In
North American Indian History


from On This Date in North American Indian History at


Nov. 29, 1691:

The Abenaki sign a peace treaty with the British. Benjamin Church has been skirmishing with then since September in the vicinity of Saco, in southern Maine. The Abenaki agree to a six month truce, to release their English prisoners, and to keep the British aware of the movements of the French in the area.

Nov. 30, 1836:

The United States signs a treaty (7 stat. 527) with the Wahpaakootah, Susseton, and Upper Medawakanton tribes of Sioux Indians.

Dec. 1, 1805:

To renegotiate the flint River Treaty of November 3, 1804, the United States invites 6 CREEK Chiefs to Washington to meet with Secretary of War Henry Dearborn. They agree to pay the CREEKs $206,000 for their two million acres instead of $200,000. But, the payments will be made over ten years, instead of in cash. The CREEK also agree to allowing a road through their lands.

As British forces approached Fort Stanwix, an extraordinary meeting occurred between Paulus, probably a teenage boy of Oriska, and Joseph Brant (Draper 11:204B-205). The substance of their conversation (sometime about August 2) was long remembered in Oneida tradition.

Dec. 2, 1794:

A treaty is concluded today with the ONEIDA, TUSCARORA, and STOCKBRIDGE Indians, at Oneida, New York. The treaty is a gesture of thanks for the tribes help during the Revolutionary war. They will receive $5000 for damages suffered during the war. Grist and saw mills will be built, and salary for their workers will be provided for three years. They will receive $1000 to build a church. No further claims will be made by the tribes. The treaty is signed by Thomas Pickering for the United States, and by 11 Indians.

Dec. 3, 1837:

Accompanied by CHEROKEE mediators, Mikanopy, and 30 other SEMINOLE leaders arrive at Fort Mellon, near St.Augustine, Florida, today, under a flag of truce, to discuss peace. The CHEROKEE mediators were there with the approval of the Secretary of War. General Thomas Jesup, much to the shame of the CHEROKEEs, takes the SEMINOLEs hostage. Jesup hopes to force the SEMINOLEs to surrender by holding their leaders as prisoners.

Dec. 4, 2000:

Today, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson signed an agreement which returns to the NORTHER UTEs approximately 85,000 acres of land in Utah. The land had been appropriated by the U.S. Congress took from them eighty-four years ago.

John Ross

Dec. 5, 1835:

Today, members of the Georgia Guard will arrest CHEROKEE Principal Chief John Ross at his home. Also arrested in historian John Howard Payne. Payne, the author of the song "Home, Sweet Home", was writing a history of the CHEROKEE people. They are be arrested so they will not be able to attend the "New Echota Treaty" conference.

Dec. 6, 1748:

Shikellamy, also called Swataney, was an IROQUOIS Half-King in Pennsylvania, living among the ONEIDA. He attended many conferences in Philadelphia, and he was known for his oratory. He was instrumental in abolishing the sales of liquor to Indians in his area. Later becoming a Christian, he died at Sunbury (Shamokin) on this date. His name meant "Our Enlightener".

Dec. 7, 1831:

The CHOCTAW removal process has begun. Indian Commissioners John Eaton, and John Coffee, meet with the CHOCTAWs and the CHICKASAWs on Oaka Knoxabee Creek today. They again discuss the possibility of the CHICKASAWs sharing areas in the Indian Territory that have been set aside for the CHOCTAWs. They propose that the CHICKASAWs get 1/4 of the CHOCTAWs allotment. No agreement is reached.

Andrew Jackson portrayed by his enemies as a monarch, trampling on the Constitution and abusing the veto power
(Bettman Archives)

Dec. 8, 1829:

Today, in his first "State of the Union Address," President Andrew Jackson will state his goal to remove all Indians in the southeastern part of the United States to lands west of the Mississippi. A law to that effect would pass Congress on May 28, 1830.

Dec. 9, 1729:

The NATCHEZ send 2 Indians to visit the TUNICAs today. The NATCHEZ want them to join them in a war against the French. The TUNICA will refuse.

Dec. 10, 1834:

William Marshall, representing the United States, and POTAWATOMI Indians will sign a treaty today at Tippecanoe. Six sections of land will be traded annual payments of $1000, and a small amount of supplies.

Dec. 11, 1833:

Captain Page, and almost 700 CHOCTAWs, reach their destination at Fort Towson, in eastern Indian Territory. The others in the group had split off and gone to Fort Smith.

Dec. 12, 1729:

Today, the YAZOO Indians will attack French Fort St.Pierre in southern Louisiana. The YAZOO have joined the NATCHEZ in their fight against the French. They will kill all 17 of the soldiers at the fort. They give the women and children to the CHICKASAWs as slaves.

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